Since today is National Pie Day I thought I would share an excerpt my book, Football Flyboy.
While I was growing up, there was always a pie or cake with every meal. Dad knew that dessert was the most important delicacy that life could offer. He raised me with this one fundamental philosophy that he communicated at every meal: “Don’t eat so much dinner that you don’t have room for dessert.” All children got dessert, and no one cared about the sugar rush because we were sent outside to play and burn it off.
The four girls all married, but they continued to gather for meals and dessert at Grandma’s house. Grandma bustled around, the girls helped cook, and the men sat in the carport smoking and talking, waiting for the meal to be ready.
Ruby married a weird duck named Wade. He was quite skinny and never talked much. The one occasion he did decide to speak, ended with Ruby laughing so hard that tears rolled down her cheeks—taking several Kleenex to contain.
There was delicious chocolate pie served that night, which everyone had devoured; but for one-piece leftover. Later that night, Dad went into the kitchen. His heart’s desire was on that last piece of pie. As he retrieved it from the cupboard he announced, “Well, there is one lonely piece of pie left. Would anyone else like it?” To that, skinny and quiet Wade answered, “Umm, why yes, I believe I would.”
To Ruby, this was almost as good as Dad getting backhanded for the biscuits remark. She yelled at the top of her lungs, “Bud wanted the last piece of pie, but old Wade took it from him!” Wade never did understand why everyone was laughing.
A recipe for your enjoyment:
Ingredients for the pie:
- 4 tablespoons cocoa or 1 1/2 squares baking chocolate
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust
Ingredients for the meringue:
- 2 egg whites
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
In a saucepot, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk.
On medium heat, cook while stirring until it bubbles and thickens, about 5 to 10 minutes. If it becomes lumpy, just beat out the lumps. (It will not get any thicker in the oven so cook until it’s as thick as you want it.)
Remove the chocolate filling from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.
Meanwhile, as you make the custard, poke holes in the piecrust with a fork and bake it until it’s brown, about 20 minutes.
To make the meringue, beat the egg whites with salt and when they start to get fluffy add the sugar.
Pour the chocolate custard into the baked pie shell and top with the beaten egg whites. Bake it until it the peaks on the meringue are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipe credit: https://www.homesicktexan.com/2008/09/grandmas-chocolate-pie.html